Birim was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1958.
Birim’s love of horses led to him becoming a vet and during his studies he continued to paint.
He says, ‘As I learnt the muscular, organ and bone structure of horses in our anatomy classes, I regularly drew sketches. This provided me with a great opportunity to have a sound foundation for my paintings. I spent most of my childhood surrounded by horses. The horses my family owned were a very important starting point in my painting career, and I have spent many of my days since drawing them. I have observed their joys, affections and passions very closely.’
After graduating he entered into an internship in Normandy, France in 1980.
He has held approximately forty-five personal art exhibitions, both nationally and internationally; and attended around fifteen art fairs. He has also received various awards and honourable mentions in competitive exhibitions.
He also worked for the Turkish Jockey Club for seventeen years as a field veterinary surgeon. This period was of primary importance for him to analyse the lives of horses and to better understand their psychology and social lives. Many of the drawings from this period in his life form the foundations of his paintings. He has since been closely involved in setting up many Jockey clubs and is a member of a number of artists’ watercolour societies.
Says Birim, ’When I am drawing wild horses; be it in watercolour, oil or acrylic, I am living their feelings, joys, passions and thrills with them. I enjoy painting with watercolour the most, and really like the end result it creates. In my pictures, I imagine galloping with the horses, rearing up with them, and catching their emotions and dreams with them – their love, friendship, enthusiasm and thrills. Their flying manes in the wind, remind me of how life and time flies by quickly. The harmony of the dust behind my galloping horses, combined together with the colours and shapes of the weather and clouds at different times during the day create very dramatic scenes in my pictures.’
‘In my paintings you can detect the yellows of an early morning sunrise, red hues of sunset or the reddish browns of wild horses with their flying manes in the wind, and hazy weather. My colours are like the rainbow after rain; they come from the heart of nature!’